Writer: Aspen Lyon
LAS CRUCES–Ten 4-H members accepted foundation scholarships totaling $7,000 during the final session of State 4-H Conference July 14 at New Mexico State University.
"Scholarships really make a difference not just in helping kids go to college but in what they do when they get there," said Mindy Denny, Extension 4-H and youth specialist. "In college, they build on skills learned in 4-H, so I think it really says a lot when we can give back to them."
Scholarships are awarded to 4-H members who are graduating seniors, based on participation in 4-H and school activities, grades, 4-H record books, applications and essays. The scholarships are funded by individual and corporate donors.
"I can't say enough good things about the sponsors. The scholarships come from people who support the organization because they are impressed by the kids who come out of 4-H," Denny said.
4-H is the largest youth organization in the world with 7 million members and 603,000 volunteer leaders. New Mexico has more than 76,000 members, 11,000 volunteers and 200 projects ranging from livestock and leathercraft to baking and rocketry.
Scholarship recipients are listed below by county.
Chance Williams received a $500 scholarship from the Scarborough-Linebery Foundation of Midland, Texas.
Jennifer Blackburn won a $1,000 Jesse Holloway Memorial Scholarship. Brette Hadley received a $500 scholarship from the Scarborough-Linebery Foundation.
Lindsay Thomen won the $1,000 Allen Chapman Memorial Scholarship and the $500 John and Pauline "Torchy" Dehler Memorial scholarship from the Torch Foundation of Marina del Rey, Calif. Josh Campbell won a $500 scholarship from the Scarborough-Linebery Foundation. Leneé Chavez received a $500 Pioneer Hi-Bred scholarship.
Russell Walter received a $1,000 Valley Telephone Cooperative scholarship.
Adrienne Coe won the $500 Willie Glen and Edna Ibedell Lavender Vinzant Memorial Scholarship. Jena Bilberry received a $500 scholarship from the Scarborough-Linebery Foundation.
Talisha Franz won a $500 scholarship from the Scarborough-Linebery Foundation.
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